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Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Opinion on driving a fuel tanker truck right out of cdl school?

OMG! James, please tell me where you will be operating and the name of this company. I've only been driving for 2 years and still consider myself a rookie, but I'm intelligent enough to know to stay away from known hazards, and this is a big one to avoid. James, you sound like you have some smarts to you for asking for opinions. But you're also very young and naive about this industry. Companies like this one iare all about the bottom dollar. When you crash, they'll collect the insurance and find another James to put in the new truck. They're not out anything. Go to a TA, Petro or any struck stop with counter seating in the restaurant. Sit next to an experienced driver and just start talking..

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Medical or possible discrimination

I appreciate the offer, but Prime isn't an option. I left on good terms, and yes, they required...and got...the clarification about my aneurysm, the exact same report I submitted to Heartland. Oh well, life rolls on... be safe everyone.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Medical or possible discrimination

I started with Prime. That's where I got my CDL. Yes, there are a lot of companies out there. I have applied to several. Heartland is the kind of company I would like to be associated with. I guess my problem is that I'm too honest. I can't be anything less...it would lower my integrity. At the end of the day, I still have to look in the mirror. Thanks y'all.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Medical or possible discrimination

Well guys, I was taken out of the hiring process with no explanation. The company was Heartland Express. This is heartbreaking. I meet all their hiring criteria and then some. The form they wanted filled out required a cardiologist signature in reference to my aneurysm that was REPAIRED 12 years ago. I never had a cardiologist! Mine required a neurosurgeon.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Medical or possible discrimination

Thank you all for your replies. Not only is it stellar advice, but it reminds me that we're all family out here. Y'all be safe

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Medical or possible discrimination

This is a great idea! Thank you! It may not get me anywhere, but I won't know if I don't ask. I'll keep you posted.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Medical or possible discrimination

I got off my OTR truck in May, and worked for a local temp company for about 2 weeks. I've had my CDL since January of 2016, and have been driving since. I'm not sure what a 160 certificate is, but I hold a CDL-A with a hazmat/tanker endorsement.

I'd rather not give the company name in open forum because I haven't exhausted all my options with them. In their correspondence they cited DOT regulations, but it seems to me that if I pass the medical exam and give them the results of my clear brain scan it would suffice. That's why I'm questioning whether my age would have anything to do with it.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Medical or possible discrimination

Thank you, Rick. I take pride in my work and the company I work for if they deserve it. I appreciate the company wanting to cover their assets by being very thorough in their hiring practices...my search wouldn't be so difficult if more companies would be more picky. Going to my original doctor is not possible for 2 reasons: I moved several states away; and I don't have insurance right now. To be examined by another neuro would be upwards of $1400. I'm not wanting to die anytime soon, nor am I willing to put anyone else at risk, so I follow doctors orders and get exams and scans when I'm supposed to. (My next scan isn't due for another 8 years).

Would the grass be greener? Probably.

A 57 YO female with 18 months trouble free OTR, you should be able to write your own ticket without discrimination.

Perhaps a consultation with the original neuro - and he might sign off on a clean bill of health after an exam

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Medical or possible discrimination

Wouldn't my annual DOT exam suffice? I have to do an annual exam because I (faithfully & religiously) use a CPAP. To get an exam an evaluation would cost upwards of $1400. I don't currently have insurance so it would be impossible to get one any time soon. As for being fit for duty, I was working in law enforcement at the time of my aneurysm and if there was any question about the success of the surgery, I would have been retired at that time.

Thank you for your response.

Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Medical or possible discrimination

I am a 57 year old female, I've had my CDL and been OTR for only 18 months, my DAC and MVR are clean, and I'm a 12 year cranial aneurysm survivor. I meet every criteria for this particular company, but they are requiring me to get a release form filled out by my doctor. Two problems with that: the form is asking for a cardiologist's signature (mine was cranial not aortic), and it was 12 years ago, my records were disposed of 7 years ago, and my neurosurgeon does thousands of clippings a year and won't remember mine. I have given them my latest MRI report that says that everything is fine. I've had 3 CDL medical exams and have passed every one with flying colors. Do y'all think this is a justified rejection or am I being discriminated against because of my age/sex?

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